European Citizens’ Consultations: call for civil society links

If your organisation would like to be a link, please complete this short form:  The ECC Civil Society Network are seeking expressions of interest from civil society organisations (CSOs) that can function as national links between the core network and the member states. The network aims to make the ongoing conversation around the future […]

“City Democracy Incubator” joins the shortlist for Advocate Europe!

Advocate Europe is a challenge to find unconventional and transnational ideas that respond to Europe’s present challenges, covering different fields such as civic education, arts and culture, social innovation and advocacy. The initiative is realised by MitOst and Liquid Democracy, funded by Stiftung Mercator. This year 475 ideas were submitted from 42 countries, with 31 […]

Reflections on a three month internship with The Democratic Society

In June we were delighted to welcome Alex Hrabinová to our office in Edinburgh to begin a three-month internship, which was enabled by the Erasmus+ programme. Having now returned home to Slovakia, we asked Alex to reflect on her time spent working with the Demsoc team. You can read about her experiences below. We’re always […]

Vacancy – Digital Democratic Engagement Officer

The Democratic Society is recruiting a Digital Democratic Engagement Officer to support our Participatory Budgeting work in Scotland. This is initially a six month contract based at our office in Edinburgh, Scotland. Full information, including the application process, is outlined in the job description below. The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 14th November 2016. All applicants will be contacted within […]

Your chance to make Government more open!

By Beth Wiltshire, 17th March 2016 What is the ‘Open Government Partnership National Action Plan’? As a member of the global Open Government Partnership, every two years the UK government in collaboration with civil society must develop an Open Government National Action Plan, setting out specific, measurable and time bound commitments to reforms to create a more […]

Coverage: Coventry Citizens’ Panel

WEDNSDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2015, 9:30am – 4pm, COVENTRY We covered the Coventry Citizens’ Panel LIVE on Twitter, Periscope and through the webcast. We also filmed sections of the event and some vox pops. You can find the details and relevant feeds on this page. We also invited local media to cover and report on the event. TWITTER […]

Reforming the House of Lords (again) and the number of Peers

David Morris MP (Conservative) recently moved a motion in Westminster Hall on ‘Reforming the House of Lords and the number of peers’. Morris spoke of a need to reduce the current number of peers and proposed a ‘better way’ to slim down whole of the Lords to 250 members. He emphasised that “this debate is […]

Limiting Freedom of Information could strike at the heart of a democratic United Kingdom

The free flow of information and ideas lies at the heart of the very notion of democracy and is crucial to effective respect for human rights. – UNESCO In the House of Commons last week, Justice Secretary Michael Gove said that he believes we need to “revisit” the Freedom of Information Act, adding to renewed speculation […]